To Horace Mann
I am extremely sorry for the Chevalier de Beauvau's1 accident; as sorry, perhaps, as the Prince or Princess; for you know he was no favourite. The release of the French prisoners prevents the civilities which I would have taken care to have had shown him. You may tell the Princess, that though it will be so much honour to us to have any of her family in our power, yet I shall always be extremely concerned to have such an opportunity of showing my attention to them. There's a period in her own style— ' Comment! Monsieur, cles attentions! qu'il est poli! qu'il scait tourner une civilite !'
' Ha! la brave Angloise ! e viva!' Then, old Sarazin mumping ' Oh! Monsieur, que cela est horrible! devant le bon Dieu!' What would I have given to have overheard you breaking it to the gallant2! how did you word it ? . . . oh! pour cela, passe. But of all, commend me to the good man Nykin ! Why, Mamie3 himself could not have cuddled up an affair for his sovereign lady better.
I have a commission from my Lord to send you ten thousand thanks for his bronze4: he admires it beyond
LETTER 129.—* Third son of Prince Craon. Walpole.—On July 2 a detachment sent out from the camp of the allies at Hanau ' brought in prisoner the Prince of Oraon's son, who lay wounded at a village.' (Gent. Mag., 1743, p. 386.)
2 This relates to an intrigue which was observed in a church between an English gentleman and a lady who was at Florence with her husband. Mr. Mann was desired to speak to the lover to choose properer places. Walpole.
8 Prince Craon's name for the Princess. She was mistress of Leopold, the last Duke of Lorraine, who married her to Monsieur de Beauvau, and prevailed on the Emperor to make
him a Prince of the Empire, as the title was all that the Duke intended should be common between them. . . .* Leopold had twenty children by her, who all resembled bini, and he got his death by a cold which he contracted in standing to see a new house, which he had built for her, furnished. The Duchess was extremely jealous, and once retired to Paris to complain to her brother the Kegent; but he was not a man to quarrel with his brother-in-law for things of that nature, and sent his sister back, Madame de Craon gave in to devotion after the Duke's death. Walpole.
4 A man and woman, by John of Bologna.
* Passage omitted.